Higher Education

Higher Education

1 in 4 top-performing institutes in country from Maharashtra

PUBLISH DATE 13th November 2017

MU Yet To Give Its Report To Nat’l Council


One in four top-performing institutes/universities in the country are in Maharashtra, if one goes by accreditation granted by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Of the 88 colleges, whose accreditation has been extended by two years in the past few weeks for displaying consistent good performance, 23 are from the state. Four of the top 16 NAAC-accredited universities are also from Maharashtra.

NAAC director DP Singh said since awareness is high in Maharashtra, it has most accredited colleges. Most of the city’s top colleges are prompt in seeking accreditation. The extension reaffirms their quality performance and will give them more time to strategise and prove their achievements in the next cycle too.

NAAC accreditation is usually valid for five years and has to be renewed after every cycle. The council assesses curriculum, research and innovation, teaching-learning processes, infrastructure of institutions and universities to rate them. Under the new scheme, the council decided to extend validity of high-performing colleges’ current rating to seven years. These are colleges which have got good ratings from the council consistently for three cycles –three times of the five-year accreditation period. The good ratings will make them eligible for grants from the University Grants Commission.

about three city colleges figuring among the top in the country. Nine more affiliated to the university were awarded the extension in the past few weeks, and one affiliated to SNDT University also made it to the top. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, a deemed-to-beuniversity, is the only university on the top from the city. Most top colleges, apart from focusing on regular teaching-learning process, are into research and skill-enhancement programmes.

While Savitribai Phule Pune University – the only public university from the state – has got the extension under the council’s new scheme, for its performance, Mumbai University was not considered for it. Educationists associated with the university claim the administration has always been irregular in seeking accreditation. Colleges usually start self-assessment six months before the validity of the earlier cycle expires. Mumbai University, however, is yet to submit the selfassessment report to the council when its last accreditation expired in April.

Mumbai University registrar Dinesh Kamble said the team was likely to submit the report soon. Former registrar M A Khan said the administration is usually focused on fire-fighting exam problems, so issues such as quality assessment usually get sidelined. The university, in fact, sought accreditation in 2001and then in 2012. It did not figure among the country’s top 150 institutes/universities in the National Institutional Ranking Framework too.